Reactive skin is when your skin shows an impaired barrier function. A symptom of reactive skin can include having ‘sensitive skin’. Reactive skin also includes skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. A comprehensive DMK treatment program and Home Prescriptive regime can, overtime, return your barrier function to normal.
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Let's bust a few myths.
Myth 1 - I have sensitive skin.
Truth: people don’t have sensitive skin, sensitivity is a symptom of a skin that’s in a reactive state. This can be caused by a reaction to product, environment, treatments, and diet. Also internal triggers such as elevated cortisol levels.
Myth 2 - I can not use Retinoids.
Truth: Anyone can use a retinol. You can lessen its harsh effects by layering it over a moisturiser that has anti-inflammatory ingredients like niacinamide, so less absorbs into your skin.
Myth 3 - I can use hypoallergenic products as they are non-irritating
Truth: You need to know what you're allergic to and look for it on the label. There are no set standards for the term Hypoallergenic. Therefore it doesn't necessarily mean gentle or free of allergens.
Myth 4 - I have sensitive skin so I cant exfoliate.
Truth: Well this depends on the cause.
Yes, rosacea and allergic types should skip it—those dead skin cells act as a protective barrier to block irritants.
No, acne-prone skin needs exfoliation to keep pores clear.
The Answers You Need
How will I know if I have reactive skin?
If you have reactive skin, then you will likely suffer from any of the following:
- The texture of your skin will be thin and have a translucent appearance.
- Your skin will feel tight - which can indicate dehydration and lead to skin reactions from products.
- Your skin will often exhibit redness or blotchiness. This signals over-reactive capillaries or a tendency toward rosacea.
- Your skin can flake, peel or crack on the cheeks and forehead. This indicates dehydrated skin and impaired barrier function.
- You will frequently feel flushing, itching, or burning sensations in the skin; which can also be a sign of over-reactive capillaries.
- You will suffer small, rash-like bumps or breakouts (not to be confused with acne breakouts).
What causes reactive skin?
The causes of reactive skin can be broken down into 3 distinct categories. These categories are lifestyle, environmental and physiology factors. These are explored below.
What lifestyle factors could be causing reactive skin?
Lifestyle factors can include stress, diet, smoking, dehydration, alcohol, and cosmetic ingredients.
What environmental factors may give me reactive skin?
Environmental factors that can cause reactive skin include: pollution, airborne allergens, weather, and temperature changes.
What do we mean by physiology factors?
Physiology factors that can lead to reactive skin are the physical effects of stress or hormonal fluctuations.